GlobalPDX member organizations are invited to attend a 2-day Gender, Disability and Development Institute which will take place in Eugene, Oregon this June, hosted by the non-profit organization Mobility International USA! This retreat is designed for international development professionals who wish to advance in their understanding of disability inclusion as it intersects with gender, whether or not they have any prior experience around this topic. Participants will also have the opportunity to confer with disabled women leaders from around the world. This is a unique way to grow in your DEI commitments, and we hope you can join us!
See below for more information, and let me know if you are interested in registering!
Ashley Holben
Mobility International USA
Collage of images taken from GDDI depicting people - mostly women with and without disabilities representing multiple countries, races and ethnicities - gathered in small groups speaking or presenting

Register Now for GDDI!

Note the new dates: June 15 - 16, 2022
In-person event in Eugene, Oregon

Mobility International USA presents the 10th Gender, Disability, & Development Institute (GDDI), a unique opportunity to engage in direct dialogue about including women and girls with disabilities in international development and humanitarian projects worldwide. Registration is now open to EDDI member organizations!
Register on the GDDI Website
May Hashem with a WILD delegate each seated in folding chairs under a tree. They wear jackets. The WILD delegate wears sunglasses, gloves and a blanket.
“The [disabled women leaders] I met at GDDI injected me with an energetic power to go back and raise awareness about policies and programs and to include people with disabilities in every step, starting from designing the program to implementation. I will try to lead the efforts within my organization to advocate for disabled people, especially women and children. I am so proud to be part of this experience.”
May Hashem, Advisor to the President, Islamic Relief USA

About GDDI

There are no better experts for offering insight on inclusion of disabled women in development and humanitarian programs, than disabled women leaders themselves! That’s precisely why MIUSA hosts the Gender, Disability and Development Institute (GDDI), an innovative retreat held concurrently with the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) program.

In addition to WILD’s delegation of disabled women activists from developing countries, GDDI is attended by senior-level international development and human rights professionals, including international NGOs, foundations, and governmental and intergovernmental organizations. GDDI presents a unique opportunity for attendees to engage in direct dialogue about including women and girls with disabilities in all development and humanitarian sectors, such as:
  • human rights
  • emergency response
  • gender equity
  • poverty reduction
  • political participation
  • violence prevention
  • climate change
  • youth leadership
  • education
The international development actors return to their organizations with new knowledge about disability-related accommodations, contacts for disabled women’s organizations operating in their program regions, and strategies to bolster their organization’s commitment to disability inclusion. Many attendees continue to stay in touch with the WILD delegates and join forces to collaborate on new projects.

Visit the GDDI website to learn more, view the tentative schedule, and to register.

For questions, email Ashley Holben at
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